Tomorrow’s Engineers Week 2015: inspiring the next generation

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Tomorrow’s Engineers Week is a nationwide programme designed to inspire the next generation of engineers. The event runs from 2-6 November and aims to shine a spotlight on engineering careers in a way that young people, particularly girls, may have never considered before.

The week sees engineers and educators around the country inspiring the next generation with a series of events including online workshops, public lectures and online chats.

Building on its existing projects in Barrow and Stoke-on-Trent, which aim to encourage greater interest in STEM subjects and build an engineering skills base, the Royal Academy of Engineering is funding 28 Tomorrow’s Engineers Week activities for primary, secondary and sixth form students in these areas. The activities include visits to a school’s local power station, Lego workshops and an opportunity for students to make their own film about space travel. Throughout the week, the Academy will also publish new classroom resources and share stories and case studies of engineers to demonstrate the breadth of opportunities offered by engineering careers.

As well as activities in schools, on 3 November, the Academy hosts its annual Autumn Lecture, which will bring engineering to life through some of the most famous stories from the Second World War. Dr Hugh Hunt, winner of the Academy’s 2015 Rooke Award for public engagement, will use the lecture to share some behind-the-scenes stories from his recent Channel 4 documentaries, which looked at engineering feats such as the Dambusters’ bouncing bombs.